I started taking 10mg Paroxetine 3 weeks and 4 days ago. For the first two weeks I had all of the nasty side effects on a daily basis. Then it stopped and the meds started working and I felt great for about 5 days, then out of the blue without warning a couple of days ago I suddenly had a very bad panic attack and after that I now again am experiencing the side effects of the meds. How long before this meds start working and the side effects go away and will the 10mg help for my panic disorder and OCD? I just want to mention that I was on 20mg about 3 years ago and it worked great. It was amazing. I remember it also took about 4 - 5 weeks before it kicked in. I used it for about 5 months and then stopped. I dont want to use more than 10mg per day.
Paroxetine 10mg - how long will this take to really start working?
Added 31 Jul 2012:
The panic attack happened two days before I started my period. I think it might also have something to do with that because my anxiety has always been worse about a week before I start my period.
31 Jul 2012
Hello Sharon41. Not certain if the 10mg dose is going to be enough to help with your OCD/anxiety. The side effects, ease up the longer you are on the drug. But as you probably know, they or some of them do remain. I take Paroxetine, and the two side effects that are bothersome are feeling tired and the hungar pangs. I've been on the drug for several years and these two are the ones that stand out for me. I'm afraid you'll have to be patient and wait and see how your 10mg dose is going to be working for you. Regards, pledge
31 Jul 2012
I've been dealing with my psych issues for a very long time. Its common for women to have a worsening of symptoms around period time and for me, for some reason the lunar phase.
Geez, why doesn't your shrink have you on Klonopin for your GAD, or generalized anxiety disorder. No SSRI even touched my panic and anxiety. For some people, I suppose they might work to decrease anxiety, not me. Would be interesting to know his thinking.
I seem to have such a high tolerance to any pain or psych med, I've been on clonazepam for 35+ years. I have no more panic or anxiety problems, until I decided to buy another house. But I figure that will go away after closing and refurbishing is completed..
I call that situational and I usually get better when stressors decrease. But that doesn't help you. Benzodiazapines like Klonopin or generic clonazepam make my life worth living along with Lamictal right now. I'm happy and mostly anxiety free and haven't had a panic attack in years, thank you Lord.
That's my opinion, hope I gave you some useful information ...
- Paroxetine Information for Consumers
- Paroxetine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Paroxetine (detailed)
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